Rare lost episode of Mr Ed. One of only two episodes that are in the Public Domain.
This episode is, essentially, an episode length public service announcement on behalf of the US treasury. Wilbur and Mr Ed extol the virtues of payroll saving plans and their benefits for the American way of life.
Alan Young (Wilbur), Connie Hines (Carol), Mr Ed (Mr Ed), George O'Hanlon (The Electrician)
Directed by Arthur Lubin
Reviewer:Dark Moon -
December 11, 2011 Subject:
I used to watch Mr. ED on our old B&W TV (there, that ought to date me); my excuse is, I was just a kid, young and naive. :D Still, it is interesting to have a glimpse back at something that was part of the beginning of my life, now that I'm pretty much at the other end of it. For that, my thanks for uploading it.
Interesting comments in the uploader's description and the other review, concerning the purpose of this film as reflected by its running time. We get more than a clue at the end, when Alan Young (Wilbur) steps out of character, breaks the 4th wall, and speaks directly to his audience. And, who is his audience?
"Friends, I hope you enjoyed our special Mr. ED story for United States Savings Bonds half as much as we enjoyed doing it for you. But now, for a minute, I'd like to be myself, Alan Young, to thank you on behalf of the Treasury Department for the important work you are doing as canvassers for the payroll savings plan."
This film is more than a feel-good pep talk for the sales staff, though. One of the most important tools in a sales person's arsenal, known as "overcoming objections," is also one of the most difficult to use well. The scene between "Wilbur" and his electrician, where they discuss sales technique and offer some answers to common objections, make this a training film, as well.
When I was a kid, watching Mr. ED on TV, I knew just about nothing of horses (nor much of anything else, for that matter), even though I rode them in summer camp. Having spent some time with them in my adult life, studying them for a couple of semesters at an agricultural college, I found watching Mr. ED himself to be a fascinating exercise. Had the series been made a few decades later, I could almost believe "Mr. ED" to have been an animatronic creation, though a quick Google reveals that he was played by the palomino, Bamboo Harvester. The most peculiar aspect of his behavior was his ears.
Horses telegraph a lot with their ears, including where their attention is focused. Like many ungulates, horses' eyes have horizontally oval pupils which, along with eye placement on the sides of the head, give horses extreme peripheral vision. Horses are also able to process the input from each eye separately, independent of the other eye. For these reasons, it is impossible to really know what horses are looking at by watching their eyes.
Instead, watch where their ears swivel. Each ear can do at least 180, front to back. In normal circumstances, their ears swivel independently as they scan their surroundings for threats. Their ears stop to focus on something that catches their attention, and both point in the same direction when the something is more or less directly behind or in front of them.
Now that I've told you all that stuff (if you're even still with me by now), notice that "Mr. ED's" ears are focused behind him all the time, and never move, even when the camera angle shows nothing behind him—unless his trainer is squatting on the floor, hiding behind his rump. Even when he ducks behind the stable door to get a pencil (with which he supposedly dials a telephone), his ears are still pointing backward, even though there is undoubtedly another handler there standing in front of him, to supply the pencil. I'm sure an expert trainer could throw some light on this, but it left me baffled.
January 13, 2009 Subject:
"This episode is, essentially, an episode length public service announcement"
I must admit I don't agree with that statement, since it runs at 19 minutes when the show itself usually ran for about 26 per an episode.
Still, I'd like to thank the uploader, since this is a much higher quality copy than the one previously uploaded, and it's a pretty cool infomercial in ANY context.